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Let the Church Arise!

Hello Emmanuel!
Kingdom NOW! This past Sunday was such a blessing to preach on the vision of our church. Bless God ◦ Bless Others ◦ Be the Blessing! When we consider joining together this coming Sunday, I would ask you to think about coming to worship Jesus and learning of our master and Lord. We are His disciples and need to become passionate about it. It’s time for the church to arise and show the world the reality of Jesus Christ the REDEEMER.
 
This series “Kingdom NOW!” is a call for us to live the Kingdom truth daily, not to just wait for the trumpet to sound and be called home. We are not supposed to simply wait and sit on our heels, we are to be active participants in the Kingdom of God. I’m excited about what God is doing in our church and what he will be doing in our church tomorrow. The vision is clear. The vision is worthy. Bless God ◦ Bless Others ◦ Be the Blessing! and lead the lost to change their perception of the church and our Lord.


Kingdom Culture!

Hello Emmanuel!

I hope that you are finding your week going well. This past week we challenged the concept of Eternity being simply a thing of the future, with the (Biblical) idea that it is already/not yet.  The KINGDOM of God is both here now and is being realized with each new soul that comes to Jesus for salvation.  

We considered the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints, explaining that those that are in the hands of Jesus are eternally secure.  When looking at it from Jesus’ perspective, it becomes ludicrous to believe that anything can prevent Him from keeping that which He has redeemed! We are in His hand. There is no power on heaven or earth or under the earth that can loosen His grip! I hope that you will ponder on this amazing grace and what it means for you. You are… you are His child, you are his citizen, you are under His protection… you are. You are. As a child of GOD eternity is NOW. Yes, we must wait for our flesh and blood to be redeemed as our soul and spirit are, but truly our new life has already begun.  

I hope you will be joining me this Sunday as we face the challenge of being the Kingdom Culture now. The message on Sunday is the culmination of the last five and half years of ministry together. From Red Letter Christians to Learning and Living the Life of Jesus, it’s time to act and move away from the past and embrace the NOW. I’m really looking forward to bringing this message on Sunday!

Bless God ∙ Bless Others ∙ Be the Blessing! 


Kingdom Now!

Kingdom Now.

This week we began a brand new series on the Kingdom of Heaven; how to become a part of it, and what it means to be a part of it. The message was intentionally evangelistic in nature, bringing the death, burial, and resurrection front and center as the only means of becoming a part of this eternal kingdom. As we move forward with this series, I would like to share with you the intent of the whole. The overarching point of the series is that we become more like citizens of our Heavenly country embracing its values and culture, than we are at home on earth. The reason we need to start with the certainty of our salvation is because without the living Spirit within, this Kingdom Culture, this Kingdom of Heaven is not only impossible, undoable, it’s also unreachable. Plan on attending each week as we seek to become mature disciples of Christ. 

Sunday evening we partook of the Lord’s Supper together. I hope that it was a special time of reflection as well as a reaffirmation of our personal faith in Jesus; an abandonment of self and embracing of our Savior. One of the most beautiful things in taking of the Lord’s Supper is that is not only an affirmation of our faith in Christ, but in His love and acceptance of us! In order to be the bread of heaven, He had to decide to come for us. To be for us. To die for us. It’s overwhelming to consider, that the God of heaven, would come for me. He is willing to take me to himself a son. To make me something that all of my resolutions and effort and energy never could. Thank you Lord for this unspeakable gift!



Worship with Your Living

Worship.  Is worship more than a song and singing?

A few weeks ago we observed Jacob’s act of worship through his vow to give back to God the tenth of all that God would bless him with. This was first-fruits giving as later described in the book of Proverbs. To unpack this idea and example from Jacob’s life, we need to understand what he was really getting at. What Jacob taught us in this bold vow to the Lord (which came before the command to give or to tithe) was that he understood where his goods and living were to come from. As believers, we should come to the place where our understanding of eternity deepens. Eternity begins NOW. We are a part of the Kindgom NOW. In Jacob’s life, he expressed the belief that God was going to bless him and so vowed to bless God back; to worship God by giving back to God the tenth off the top, just as God prospered him.

The last sermon in The Gift of God series was wrapped around the reality that God’s greatest gift was Jesus, and through Him we are the second greatest gift to the world. What does being that gift look like? It looks a lot like generosity. Giving of ourselves to the Lord and then to one another.  The really great thing about this, is that when we are giving ourselves to the Lord in worship through giving of our living, we are not only being used to advance His kingdom, we are actively being a part of it. Consider this. When we give to and through our local church, we are expressing love for the local body of Christ in a tangible way. In a way that promotes sound Bible teaching and missions, that provides the means to meet together in a visible place, a place that the world can easily recognize and find. When we cooperate with one another in our giving through and to our local church we declare with our faith that this is the body which Christ has knit me into and I love my church!

This is the importance of giving. It expresses worship and advances the Kingdom of God. I would like to challenge you to worship the Lord with your first-fruits. Whether you are ready to give ten percent or one percent, make it the first percent, and prioritize God in your financial life. Be the blessing to the Lord and to others by worshipping him with your life and supporting His church and her mission.



Being the Gift of God

Hello Emmanuel!

I’d like to share a burden with you. My burden is for a revival. A personal, life changing, revival for me and you. Would you join me in praying for this? We need the heart of God to beat in our chests.

 
This past Sunday we entered week 2 of “The Gift of God”. As I was preaching I was so convicted with the idea of being the second greatest gift of God to the world and what that means. I have been considering the Macedonian Believers that we read about during this week’s service. As I mentioned Sunday morning; could you imagine if we all lived like Macedonians? They gave themselves to the Lord first. I wondered then as I do now, what would it look like if we at Emmanuel developed that same heart for God that these believers had. I don’t think that this is something that happens overnight. It is a shifting of our worldview and a tackling of our complacency; it takes time and effort to shed ourselves of ourselves. This is not better illustrated anywhere than in Colossians chapter 3 where we are told to set our affections on things above and to mortify the deeds of the flesh. The Macedonian believers gave themselves to the Lord FIRST and then to others… they set their sights on God and then because of that the naturally or supernaturally turned toward OTHERS.
 
What does it look like to give yourself to God? What our lives would be like? How would our community be impacted? It all starts with a heart for God Himself. How would you begin to give yourself to the Lord and then to others? What are some practical steps that you would take? What would you change today if you could change just one thing to bring you closer to the Lord? What would it look like if we gave ourselves to others? I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on what these things would look like.

Bless God ∙ Bless Others ∙ Be the Blessing!

Pastor Davis



The Gift of God

What an awesome thing to be a part of witnessing the salvation and baptism of those that came forward to declare Jesus is their savior through baptism! Thank you for being a part of it. We welcome to membership over last four months Melissa, Brandie, Wendy, Mark, Dean, Heidi, Quinn, Brett, Sandi, Dennis, Cliff, Karen and Kyle!

This past Sunday we began a series entitled The Gift of God. That first sermon naturally turned to the gift of Jesus to His own broken creation. There are so many other gifts that God has given to His creation that we just couldn’t get to them in one service. He gave us the gift of life, and the ability to think, and feel, and to state it simply, to ‘be’. He gave us the gift of the earth, which contrary to many opinions will last just long enough for His plan to be fulfilled and then will be judged and changed, with the curse finally removed once and for all! He has given us the hope of an eternity of exploration and learning and service to him and to one another. Let me challenge you today to thank the Lord for His marvelous gifts, they are truly without number!
 

Bless God ∙ Bless Others ∙ Be the Blessing!



Do You Hear the Knocking?

Hi there Emmanuel,
 
Revelation 3:20–21 (NKJV)

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

I’d like to ask all of us to pray for a moving of the Spirit in our church. God has been working in hearts for a while now, it’s time to let Him in… In the passage above God speaks of the door TO THE CHURCH being closed and locked… It pictures Jesus standing at the door knocking. Imagine that. The church door locked to the Lord Himself. We are the church my friends, we make up this assembly. 
 
I think that our problem is that we are often afraid of letting Him in, of facing the changes He may bring, or of the things He might find. That’s what GRACE is for. You see my friends, GRACE is HOPE and STRENGTH to face our greatest weaknesses and fears and shame. It’s the GRACE of GOD that leads us to repentance, because it brings HOPE from God that it isn’t too late, that whatever HE finds in your heart/home, no matter how shameful it may feel to you, well HE knew about it anyway. However, it’s only when you and I open up and let Him in, that the abundant and abiding life really begins. If you haven’t been out on Wednesday evenings in a while, allow me to encourage you to come on out. We have studied through the book of Galatians and have discovered together an amazing truth. One that is as old as our realtionship with Christ… that is we have life through the Spirit… now walk in the Spirit… let Him direct and guide yourlife along with His Word. Live the life you have been given, be the child of promise that YOU ALREADY ARE.
 

Bless God • Bless Others • Be the Blessing!

Pastor Eric P Davis



Speaking with the Struggling

Hi there Church Family,
 

It was a privilege to preach part three of “The Trouble with Trials” this past Sunday on “Speaking to the Struggling”. I hope that you were blessed and equipped to walk with someone that you may know is struggling. A friend of mine once said when dealing with those that are hurting…

  • Don’t moralize.
  • Don’t minimize.
  • Don’t spiritualize.
  • Just empathize.

I thought this was such a great summation of what we were talking about yesterday that I just had to share.

We are still working out the kinks on our livestream (yes we know the audio is out of sync), but we are very encouraged by the response which has seen a great increase in traffic to our official Emmanuel Baptist Church YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/EmmanuelHooksett. We had many out sick this week and some away that were able to stream the message to their homes and we even had some viewers as far away as Qatar!

I would also like to take this time to encourage you to fill out our membership update request sheet. Obviously if you are getting this email, we have a working email for you, but is it the best one for us to use? If not,  this is a great time to help us improve our communication with you the church body. Thank you again for being a part of what God is doing at Emmanuel!

We are hoping to have a few rooms downstairs ready for use by this Sunday morning. Having a space for our younger members and guests is essential and so we will be using these rooms for them first. Keep praying that our insurance company acts quickly in their assessment of the damage and willingness to cover it sufficiently.

If you haven’t downloaded our church app now is the time to do that as well! If you set it for push notifications, you will be notified when our audio sermons are ready, you’ll get updates when our blog or newsletter is updated as well. Sharefaith, the provider of our app, enhances it every third Wednesday of the month, the Apple or Google pass that update onto us. If there are features or fixes you would like to see, drop me a line and I’ll pass it on to them. Just search for Emmanuel Baptist Church.

 

Bless God ● Bless Others ● Be the Blessing!

 

Pastor Eric P Davis

14 Mammoth Rd
Hooksett, NH, 03106
(603) 668-6473
www.emmanuelbaptistchurch.com



Open Letter to the Church

Dear Church Family,

I first want to praise the Lord for the leadership that he has blessed this church with. In my absence they have visited the sick, comforted the grieving and counselled those that were struggling. We have baptized 6 people and are ready to take another family into our membership very soon. I knew when I took this church that it belonged to Jesus and that He would care for you. I was privileged to be allowed and called to pastor you under His guidance. I have never struggled as much as I have in the last month and a half. I am thankful for the guys seeing this and insisting on taking a break. I cannot thank you enough for loving me and my family enough to allow us this time to heal and find God’s plan.

On the Kierstin side of things, we are seeking the Lords guidance as we make life changing decisions for both her and us. At the moment we have decided to place her in residential services, where she will live on her own with 24 hour in home supports.  She is very excited about this and is already making plans. As you may know, Kierstin is both physically and intellectually disabled, lately paired with emotional instability, and so this is an enormously difficult decision that we have made.  We keenly feel the support from our church and we thank you for it. We don’t and we can’t know how all of this will turn out. There are many unknowns at this time. We don’t know when everything will be in place for Kierstin, budget requirements, her van, the staffing etc… are all up in the air. So please pray for all of us, for wisdom, for the emotional strain and for faith to endure it.

As a family we are coming along and I have even begun to prepare my next series… hoping that it will bless you and the Lord when I preach it. Its working title is “Dealing with Doubts”.  I plan on taking a hard look at the reality of walking with Jesus in a world that is broken, with lives that have been so broken. As for when we will be back and active in the ministry of Emmanuel, the best we have is sometime in February. As I mentioned above, you have an amazing group of men and women serving in my absence. I believe that the Lord has planned for this occasion and has not left you alone, but has instead raised up the leadership and has prepared our church for greater growth and greater ministry. This church cannot rely on one man to be successful. She must learn to rely on the one and only God-Man Jesus Christ.

Bless God, bless others, be the blessing,

Eric Davis



Jesus Didn’t Come to Make You Happy

I’ve recently been dealing with the mental illness of a loved one, it’s sapped my strength with sleepless nights and chaotic days. I’m no stranger to trials, I’ve had times in my life where I was in the very center of God’s will and WAS NOT HAPPY. You see happiness, in a very real sense, depends on circumstances. Not necessarily something as trite as “possessions” but deeper circumstances… health, work satisfaction, relationships etc…

 

This has led me to believe that there are a certain amount of fabrications being sold as, or to, Christianity. There are scores of believers that falsely believe they are out of God’s perfect will because they’re having a hard time, or aren’t happy. Or successful. Or healed. Or, or, or…

Whatever this gospel is presented as, be it the promise of prosperity, or emotional health, or even physical health, this isn’t the Gospel. It isn’t Christianity. It certainly isn’t what Jesus promised…

Now can we find happiness and peace in Christ and following him? Yeah, we can. But that has as much to do with our perspective and willingness to wait as it does with his promises. We are given HOPE. A future reality based on a present certainty.

There are those that speak of peace on earth, as if it’s a present reality… tell us, oh American Christian, how much peace are those Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq enjoying? We have westernized Christianity to the point where it has lost its point. It isn’t about present peace and prosperity. They mistake the PEACE in Christ to be PEACE in circumstances; the prosperity of the resurrection as present prosperity.

Just last night I read a post on the “What does the Bible Say” wall declaring an ill child well in the name of Jesus. “I declare him healed in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.” Such foolishness, as if Jesus was at our beck and call and was nothing more than a big Santa Claus… well he isn’t and that child died. How does this build the faith of those poor parents?

No the sad reality is that people get sick and die. People loose their jobs and go bankrupt. Cars breakdown, people breakdown. Consider John the Baptist. Here is a man that Jesus said was full of the Holy Spirit. A man that stood tall among men. The forerunner of the Messiah. A man that stood toe to toe with the Pharisees, telling them to bring back works to prove their repentance. Here is the man on the banks of the Jordan River, who stood boldly pointing toward Jesus and declaring with conviction “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD!” This John was later imprisoned for speaking out against corruption in the leadership of the kingdom. The man that multitudes followed, the man that preached with boldness, the man that baptized Jesus, the man, who in a wonderful fit of humility, declared himself to be unworthy to lace the Lord’s sandals, (teaching his disciples the valuable lesson that He must increase and I must decrease) this man, rotting in a cold cell in the palace began to doubt. He was allowed visitors and asked them to go to Jesus and ask Him if He was “the one” or if they should look for another… What?!? Did Jesus rebuke him for his doubt? Did he cut him down when he was at his lowest? What did Jesus do? He told the men to go back and confirm his faith by witnessing to the miracles He had been doing. Go, go tell John, the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear! In other words, rest easy John, you were right.

However take note of something… Jesus didn’t suit up His apostles in combat gear, there were no night vision goggles, no clandestine plans of a daring rescue. No. None of these things. John the Baptist was beheaded in prison at the request of a manipulative girl and her evil mother! Jesus didn’t break in, didn’t rescue him. But when John did die, he entered a better state, a better place. He entered into his rest.

So NO Jesus didn’t come to make you happy.

So why did Jesus come? What is it all about? It’s about Jesus being born to die a cruel death, NOT BECAUSE God is evil, and hates sin, but because HIS creation embraced darkness rather than light… Jesus came to save His creation from her sin. He came to offer us a second chance. He came to offer us HOPE.

Jesus came to SAVE His creation FROM themselves FOR Himself.

John 16:31–33; 17:1–5(NKJV)
31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that IN ME you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 1Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

So at the end of the day, is there happiness in Knowing Jesus? In knowing God? Is there peace in Knowing Jesus? It all depends on your willingness to open your heart and allow God to redirect your focus toward Him… to yield to His presence, to give over your circumstances and to say, no matter what, Jesus is my savior and worthy of my worship; come hell or high water. Set your affections on things above, look unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith, don’t be weary in doing well, be firm, steadfast, in your faith, KNOWING your labor is NOT in vain in the Lord… Keep on going, HE is WORTH it, all of it, whether there be happiness in circumstances or not.

Perhaps one of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Daniel..
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel‬ ‭3‬:‭16-18‬ NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬